Burgess and Alvarez Bid Dade Voters Adieu With Teary Farewell Speeches

The 29th floor of County Hall had all the ambiance of a funeral procession on Wednesday afternoon. Staffers with puffy eyes hid in cubicles, and an uncomfortable silence reigned until County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Manager George Burgess walked into a room packed with reporters.

The day after getting overwhelmingly recalled from office, Alvarez defended his budget decisions and Burgess announced his resignation as city manager in an a pair of emotional speeches. Click through for video.

George Burgess:

Carlos Alvarez:

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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